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Nerita Street paving takes next step

By Staff | May 4, 2012

JIM LINETTE Sanibel City Council passed a resolution to set a public hearing on a special assessment on residents to pave Nerita Street.

The intent of the Sanibel City Council to pave Nerita Street through an assessment on the residents took another step Tuesday at the council’s monthly meeting in City Hall.

Council first passed a resolution of its intent to pave the road at its April meeting. Tuesday, council passed a resolution to set a time, date and place for the first public hearing for July 17 on the project expected to cost $24,050.

The city is proposing to pay one-third of the cost while the residents pay the remaining two-thirds through a special assessment on their properties. About a dozen residents on the unpaved road that intersects with Middle Gulf Drive between Donax Street and Lindgren Boulevard are looking at an assessment of $1,457 each, which they will be allowed to pay in one-third increments over three years.

The paving project has been in and out of public discussion since the mid 1990s, meeting resistance, turnover in property ownership and several other delays over the years.

Residents approached the city again to get the project going one more time. The city is requiring a minimum threshold of 60 percent of the residents to be in agreement for the project to move forward.